Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Krishnamacharya: "We need some who are demonstrators. However,......"

We need some who are just demonstrators.  However, if they don’t learn these secrets and want to only promote, it will not be of much use".  
Krishnamacharya : Yogasanagalu 1941

Krishnamacharya

"It is very cheerful news that we are seeing an increase in the number of people who can teach and publicise yogangasana practice. However, we must seek out and examine those who have mastered the secrets of yogadarshana and only learn from them..."

"While practicing or teaching yogangasana, one must know which asanas and pranayamas to teach to whom? how many days? for which disease? (treatment) how many inhalations and exhalations? how long to do a particular asana? which asanas for obese individuals?  which ones for lean body type? when to inhale and when to exhale? for how long? Don’t we need teachers and promoters who know these secrets?


We need some who are just demonstrators.  However, if they don’t learn these secrets and want to only promote, it will not be of much use".  
Krishnamacharya : Yogasanagalu 1941

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In the past many have thought that there was an early and a late Krishnamacharya and at some point there was "Die Kehre" ( the turning), taking him from, what's often mistakenly depicted as a dynamic, one size fits all, regimented Ashtanga Krishnamacharya, to the gentler bespoke Vinyasa Krama and Vinniyoga Krishnamacharya. I've argued this was probably not the case, that Krishnamacharya was teaching individual patients and students a Vinyasa Krama at the same time he was teaching the boys of the palace Ashtanga vinyasa (groups of asana rather than fixed series). We can see the familiar Vinyasa Krama Head and Shoulder stand variations in Krishnamacharya's 1938 film footage from Mysore alongside Iyengar jumping from asana to asana. And he we find him here in 1941 asking in Yogasanagalu, how many inhalations and exhalations, how long the stay, which asana for whom... just as we saw long slow breathing, long stay options as well as supposed benefits indicated in his 1934 'Ashtanga vinyasa book' ,Yoga Makaranda.

Note too Krishnamacharya comment on demonstrations. Krishnamacharya was traveling the country at this time promoting Yoga on the behest of the Maharaja of Mysore, no doubt he was aware that it was the demonstration of asana by him and later his students ( EG. Iyengar, Jois) that people came to see and no doubt remembered rather than the more important lectures he gave on the possibilities, benefits and philosophy of yoga. 

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Krishnamacharya's Chakras as places in the body where the mind gets hung up

I've always been..... resistant to pretty rainbow coloured chakra books



...but here's an interesting presentation of the chakra model in this passage from Krishnamacharya's Yogasanagalu. Chakras as places in the body where the mind gets hung up (in a knot), limiting it's ability to experience. Loosening these knots (through pranayama) and stabilising the mind ( through dharana, dhyana and samadhi) expands the mind to new ideas.

"Then he (the teacher) should say: "As far as, verily, this great akasa extends, so far extends the akasa within the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained within it, both fire and air, both sun and moon, both lightning and stars; and whatever belongs to him (i.e. the embodied creature) in this world and whatever does not, all that is contained within it (i.e.the akasa in the heart)."
 Adhyaya VIII, Khanda I, Chandogya Upanishad


Krishnamacharya, uddiyana bandha kriya

Here's Krishnamacharya's Chakra passage from Yogasanagalu. When you put it like this.....

"Although it can not be observed by the main sense organs, the jeeva or soul that is hidden within the body and experiences countless suffering and joys according to followers of Visishtadwita and Dwita philosophies, in the mind as per Sankhya followers, reflection of jeevatma according to some yogis and Advita followers.  The mind (its ability to experience) with attributes of wanderings and restraint by way of the heart (called Dahara and Kuhara) is rooted above and below in the following chakras:

Mooladhara chakra - below the navel and above the reproductive organs
Swadishtana - between mooladhara and manipuraka
Manipuraka - exactly on the navel (belly button)
Anahuta - middle of the heart
Vishuddi chakra - below the neck
Agna - between the eye brows
Sahasrara - crown of the head

Encompassing these seven chakras (nadi granthis-knots) are 1. Avrutti, 2. Parivruti and 3. Samvruti.

The movement (activation) of these chakras are caused by the greatness (power) of pranayama and the variety of rechaka, puraka and kumbhaka.

Along with these, ‘antaranga sadhana”  practices of dharana, dhyana and samadhi stabiliizes the wandering, drifting and roving mind, eliminates mental illness and worries, enhances life expectancy, intellectual power and expands the mind to new ideas".
Krishnamacharya: Yogasanagalu (1941)


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Appendix


More on the chakra model, this time from Krishnamacharya Yoga Makaranda. 

"The caitanya sakti (Ed. primal energy for want of a better translation) in every cakra can be only achieved through the strength of the practice of pranayama. Once the caitanya sakti is attained, the movement of the cakra becomes great. At this time, one begins to immediately experience the many benefits mentioned earlier. If pranayama is practised under proper guidance for one or two years following the sastras, cakra sakti will blossom and the many benefits will be attained. But this pranayama must only be practised along with asana and while observing the yama and niyama. If practised in this way, the pranayama sakti will blossom and move in all the important regions of the body and in the ten cakras and give great strength and benefits. One who is not skilled in the yama, niyama and asana will not receive any benefits. By correct practice and effort, the cakra sakti expands and all the mentioned benefits are attainable". Krishnamacharya Yoga Makaranda


Here's the chakra section from Yoga Makaranda in full

"Asana practice renders correct blood circulation. The snayus (ligaments) and various parts of the body will function at the perfect, ultimate level. It also causes all types??? of internal circulation to function properly. We all know the connection between good blood circulation, good nadi granthi, healthy body and good health. Hence it is not necessary to further emphasize the benefits of practising asana daily for at least a few minutes. What more does one need after seeing this? Only after acquiring these benefits can one expect to look forward to others.

Because of the power of pranayama practice, one develops strength in the bones, the bone marrow and the heart; one develops the brain, the head, the anna kosam, the fat layer, the mana kosam, the strength of breath and prana, and longevity; it sharpens the senses, strengthens the intellect and the voice and purifies the blood. All these are important factors necessary for the maintenance of health. Those with strong bones, vitality, nerves, and tendons will lead a healthy long life. Lack or weakness of viryam leads to lack of strength which leads to the atrophy of bones. Such a condition leads one to suffer from tuberculosis. Whoever has no impurities in their blood will never develop any disease, and their body will develop a kind of glow. How can darkness reside where there is sunlight? Hence all Ayurveda texts speak specifically on the importance of good blood circulation and bone strength for good health. If the blood is not clean, then the nadi cakras will not function (rotate) properly. We have observed the wheels of trains, electrical gadgets and such machines. If even one wheel malfunctions, all the activities of the machine stop and the gadget breaks down. Similarly when any one of the nadi cakras contained in the machine that is the body malfunctions or is spoiled, we will not derive any of the benefits of good health. Hence good blood circulation is essential for the proper functioning of the nadi cakras.

1.2 Cakras
In the machine that is our body, there are ten cakras — namely
1. muladhara cakra,
2. svadhishtana cakra,
3. manipuraka cakra,
4. surya cakra,
5. manas cakra,
6. anahata cakra,
7. visuddhi cakra,
8. ajn ̃a cakra,
9. sahasrara cakra,
10. brahmaguha (lalata) cakra.

1. Muladhara Cakra
This cakra is next to the rectum. If, due to the strength resulting from practising pranayama with a focus on this cakra, caitanya is attained in this cakra, then this will strengthen the viryam (sexual vitality). When the viryam is kept under control, the body becomes tough. If anybody acquires caitanya in this cakra, they will become virile.

2. Svadhishthana Cakra
This svadhishthana cakra lies two angulas above the muladhara cakra. If by doing pranayama abhyasa according to the krama and rules caitanya is attained in this cakra, then this will destroy all diseases. There will be an astounding increase in good health. Any amount of physical work can be done without any fatigue. Even enemies will admire and adore one who has caitanya in this cakra. Violence will run away and hide from him. Even a tiger and cow will live in peaceful coexistence in his presence.

3. Manipuraka Cakra
This is situated exactly in the navel. If, due to the strength of pranayama practice, caitanya is attained in this cakra, then the practitioner will never encounter any physical or mental afflictions. These afflictions will flee his presence. One who has acquired caitanya in this cakra will be able to face any disaster or accident with mental fortitude. Not only that, he will develop divya drishti. He will experience the bliss of identifying atman as a separate entity from the body. This cakra is situated in the middle of all other cakras. The main function of this cakra is to ensure that all organs or parts of the body function at their proper strength. Good health is possible only when all the organs are strong. Any disease in any organ indicates ill health.

4. Surya Cakra
This cakra is situated in the third angula above the navel. Pranayama prac- tised with an equal ratio of exhalation and inhalation (recaka and puraka) with a focus on this cakra gives rise to caitanya in this cakra. Caitanya in this cakra purifies all the nadis of the stomach. One who has acquired caitanya in this cakra will not suffer from any diseases of the stomach, nor from any mahodaram and will acquire eternal good health, amazing vitality or shine, and long life. The pranayama practitioner will attain free move- ment of this cakra which will be visible by rapid increase in the digestive power. Special caitanya or insight will develop on practising bastra kevala kumbhaka pranayama. This is not possible to attain from practising other types of pranayama with a focus on this cakra. These will just lead to the ordinary benefits.

5. Manas Cakra
This is close to the anna kosam. Caitanya in this cakra is attained by a sustained practice of kevala kumbhaka pranayama. The main function of this cakra is to increase the power of intuition and to expand the intel- lect. This is because practising kumbhaka pranayama purifies (cleanses) the brain. There is a special connection between the brain and the manas cakra.

6. Anahata Cakra
This is situated in the hrdaya (heart) sthana. There is a special connection between this and the heart. Pranayama abhyasa with recaka and puraka kumbhaka of different ratios (raising and lowering the ratios) with a focus on this cakra will give rise to a steady state of caitanya in this cakra. This state of caitanya in this cakra removes weakness of the heart and will give extraordinary strength. All the activities associated with the heart are carried out due to the strength of this cakra. We all know that in this world, life is possible only as a result of the strength of the functioning of the heart. Hence if this cakra is kept in a correct state and moves freely, emotions like affection, devotion, gn ̃anam, etc. — such superior states of mind (bhavas) will arise in the heart. If this cakra malfunctions or becomes impure and moves in a constricted fashion, then murder, theft, adultery, unchastity and other such inferior emotions will arise in the heart. By correct pranayama practice, the speed of the cakra increases and this gives rise to an expanded intellect and the person will be inspired to become more involved in good works. Any pranayama practised against sastra will weaken the movement and speed of the cakra and will destroy or weaken the heart.

7. Visuddhi Cakra
This is situated in the throat region. That is, it is situated in the region below the neck, above the sternum, in between the two bones where there is a soft area (gap) the size of the middle finger. If caitanya is achieved and held in this cakra due to the strength of pranayama, the practitioner gets svara vign ̃anam (knowledge of sound). If cittam can be controlled to focus on this cakra, the practitioner will lose all thoughts of this world (lose consciousness) and will be able to see the divine paramatma in all his glory through the light of the self. If one controls the movements of the citta and attains caitanya in this cakra through the strength of kumbhaka, he will attain a steady state of youth and enthusiasm. By achieving this caitanya through krama, these benefits can be experienced to the extent desired.

8. Ajn ̃a Cakra
This cakra is situated between the two eyebrows. If caitanya can be held (focussed) here, one acquires the power to control everybody. Through the movements of recaka and puraka in the nadis of the two nostrils, if one practises pranayama by keeping the breath in the nostrils and circulating and moving the prana vayu, then the nadis below the nostril get purified. One develops a divine lustre, one is able to see the atman and through this blessing will be able to see all the events that are occurring around the world without moving from their position. Caitanya citta vritti in the ajn ̃a cakra is extremely helpful for a long life.

9. Sahasrara Cakra
This is directly above the throat or palate. The greatness of this cakra is beyond description. Every part of the body is associated to (depends on) this important point. If one enhances the caitanya in this sahasrara cakra through the strength of practising puraka in complete pranayama abhyasa, this will result in the rapid movement of this cakra which will in turn give any skill or power that you wish for.

10. Brahmaguha (Lalata) Cakra
This cakra is situated above the forehead. Pranayama practice will cause the prana vayu to move through the susumna nadi and this prana vayu should be held here through the skill of kumbhaka. If such a practice is followed, one acquires the power to change one’s own destiny. One cannot describe the greatness of this procedure. It can only be learned through experience.

The caitanya sakti in every cakra can be only achieved through the strength of the practice of pranayama. Once the caitanya sakti is attained, the movement of the cakra becomes great. At this time, one begins to immediately experience the many benefits mentioned earlier. If pranayama is practised under proper guidance for one or two years following the sastras, cakra sakti will blossom and the many benefits will be attained. But this pranayama must only be practised along with asana and while observing the yama and niyama. If practised in this way, the pranayama sakti will blossom and move in all the important regions of the body and in the ten cakras and give great strength and benefits. One who is not skilled in the yama, niyama and asana will not receive any benefits. By correct practice and effort, the cakra sakti expands and all the mentioned benefits are attainable".
Krishnamacharya Yoga Makaranda

Friday, 25 September 2015

Pranayama: Learning the Pranayama Mantra. Inc. My 'Pranayama doesn't need to be a drama' tutorial

Krishnamacharya teaching pranayama

I was asked if I had a better copy of the Pranayama Mantra that's sitting on my Pramayama page at the top of the blog. It is/was a little dark, here is a slightly more cleaned up version as well as a new one I just made up and the text so you can format it as you wish.

My pranayama page also includes the Ashtanga pranayama routine, click below


Contents
1. Pranayama as taught to me by Srivatsa Ramaswami
2. LEARNING THE PRANAYAMA MANTRA
3. Ramaswami's Mantra meditation Newsletter February 2012
4.  Ashtanga pranayama inc. links
5. P R A N A Y A M A  -  An Absolute necessity by  T.K.SRIBHASHYAM,
6. Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga Pranayama as found in Lino Miele's book, 'Ashtanga Yoga'.
7. BNS Iyengar Ashtanga pranayama ( as taught to him by T. Krishnamacharya).
8. Krishnamacharya's Personal Pranayama practice? from Emergence du Yoga by Krishnamacharya's Son T. K. Sribashyam


I thought I might as well repost the whole section on the Pranayama mantra as Ramaswami taught it to us with the cleaned up printouts.

Ramaswami, following Krishnamacharya's teaching, would have us chant mentally the pranayama mantra on the kumbhaka after the inhalation in nadi sodhana. Once learned you can chant it quickly in about ten seconds or so then slow it down to a more comfortable twenty seconds in line with the ratio as you settle into your pranayama.

In the beginning you could also just chant the first part, for a shorter kumbhaka or chant the first part while inhaling, the second part on the kumbhaka and the third part on the exhalation.



LEARNING THE PRANAYAMA MANTRA

Ramaswami's excellent tutorial is here 
http://vinyasakrama.com/mp3s/Learn%20Pranayama%20Mantra%20Chant.mp3

other chant tutorials HERE
http://www.vinyasakrama.com/Chants

Leads up to Nadi Shodhana with mantra, sufficient for a couple of lifetimes


Pranayama Mantra

This is the original I received from Ramaswami, cleaned it up a as much as I could, the original photocopy was a little dark.



And new version I made myself





Here it is again so you can format it as you wish

Pranayama Mantrah

प्राणायाम मन्त्रः

ओं भूः । ओं भुवः । ओं सुवः
ओं महः । ओं जनः । ओं तपः । ओ ँ् सत्यं ।

Om bhUh . Om bhuvaha . Ogm suvaha .
Om mahaha . Om janaha . Om tapaha . Ogm satyam ।

ओं तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्

Om tat savitur varENiyam bhargO dEvasya dhImahi .
dhiyO yO nah pracOdayAte ..

ओमापो ज्योती-रसोऽमृतं-ब्रह्म भूर्भुवस्सुवरोम्


OmApO jyOti rasO’amRutam brahma bhUrbhuvassuvarOm




A TRANSLATION OF  THE PRANAYAMA MANTRA


And here's a link to a page that translates (below) and explains the mantra

AUM bhUH, AUM bhuvaH, AUM svaH, AUM mahaH
AUM janaH, AUM tapaH, AUM satyam

AUM, the primordial sound, resides in all elements of the universe. It permeates the earth (-bhUH), water (-bhuvaH), fire (-svaH), air (-mahaH), ether (-janaH), intelligence (-tapaH) and consciousness (-satyam).

AUM tatsaviturvarenyM bhargo devasya dhImahi
dhIyo yo nH prachodayAt.h.

We pay homage to Gayatri, the one who shines like the sun (tat savitur), the one who destroys all our sins through her everlasting and effulgent light. Dear Goddess Gayatri, please illuminate our path towards our higher consciousness and lead us to our true purpose in life

AUM Apo jyotiH rasomRRitaM
brahma bhUR bhuvaH svar AUM..

Please shine your light (-jyotiH) in our path so we may partake of the everlasting nectar (rasomRRitaM) of brahman while chanting the primordial sound, AUM'!


Ramaswami's Mantra meditation Newsletter February 2012

MANTRA PRANAYAMA

Considerable amount of literature is now available on Pranayama (from
ancient and contemporary yogis), an important anga of Yoga, even
though a smaller and smaller number of Hatha yogis do a smaller and
smaller number of pranayamas. In fact according to Brahmananda who
wrote an important commentary of Hathayogapradeepika, Hatha yoga is
indeed Pranayama. Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras succinctly gives the
parameters of pranayama along with the benefits. Hathayoga pradeepika
and several other hatha yohga texts talk about a variety of pranayamas
with different ratios in considerable detail and as I said enough
literature is available on pranayama. However since it is also the
anga prior to the antaranga or meditation, parts of yoga pranayama has
been used to prepare oneself for meditation. If in pranayama you can
introduce some noble thoughts for meditation like an uplifting mantra,
bhava thought or an image such pranayamas are called sagarbha
pranayama or pranayama pregnant with lofty ideas. Sri Krishnamacharya
in his “Nathamini's Yoga Rahasya” says that sagarbha pranayama is
several times more beneficial; more than the mechanical pranayama done
generally by hatha yogis.

Sagarbha pranayama done with pranayama mantra from the vedas, which
also includes the potent gayatri as a part of it, has been in vogue
since the vedic times. Sri Krishnamacharya in his yoga work
“Nathamuni's Yoga Rahasya” gives a number of instructions for doing
pranayama towards the end of the first chapter. He commends the use of
Pranava and the pranayama mantra with gayatri while doing pranayama
practice. Usually pranava (OM), the most potent mantra and the mother
of all mantras, as a stand alone mantra is used by renunciates like
consummate yogis and advaitins. And the gayatri impregnated vedic
pranayama mantra is used by householders and others in all pranayama.
In fact Manu in his famous Manusmriti says that the pranayama mantra
which consists of prnava, the seven vyahritis, the gayatri and the
head or siras portion should be recited while holding the breath in
Kumbhaka three times to be called as pranayama. Sri Krishnamacharya
also emphasizes the need to meditate on the meaning of the mantras
like the suggestion of Patanjali in YS.

Most people who do ritualistic pranayama in India use the pranayama
mantra referred to earlier. Manusmiti says as follows

“sa vyahritim sa pranavaam
gayatriim sirasa saha
trifpateth ayataf pranah
pranayamassa uchyate”

Here is the translation“Pranayama is that in which the seven vyahritis
(bhuh bhuvaha...) each preceded by pranava (OM) then the gayatri, then
the siris are (silently) recited.”

It should be chanted (silently) while holding the breath (kumbhaka).
When it is done three times it is called panayama. The pranayama
mantra is 64 syllables and takes about 20 seconds to chant, more or
less. The verse quoted above says three times and some interpret it as
chanting the mantra three times while holding the breath, but
generally it is chanted once and three such pranayamas will make one
bundle of pranayama. If you try to do the chant thrice in one go it
would taken a minute and holding the breath for one minute could be a
real challenge to most and so most people stick to the earlier
option.

What about the duration for inhalation and exhalation? Sri
Krishnamacharya says in Yoga Rahasya that it should be vishamavritti
indicating that the time duration for inhalation exhalation and breath
holding would vary. So many go by the 1:4:2 ratio.

One may inhale for 5 seconds then chant the mantra during internal
holding for 20 seconds and then exhale for 10 seconds. The breath
holding after exhalation is considered a hathayoga practice and many
orthodox people who do pranayama as part of the Puja or Japa ritual
dispense with bahya kumbhaka and the bandhas. The quickie pranayama is
three times but it is recommended that on should do 10 times the
samantra pranayama.  (Contrast this with the hathayoga approach of
going up to 80 times mantraless pranayama).

Since children sometimes as young as 5 were initiated into vedic
studies, it becomes obligatory for them to do sandhya and hence mantra
pranayama and silent gayatri chant. But then because they are young
they may not be taught to do calibrated pranayama. Usually in course
of time they would learn to do long inhalation and exhalation say in
nadishodhana. Later they will be taught the whole vishamavritti
pranayama as explained earlier.

So the mantra is chanted silently in pranayama. But most people just
chant the mantra without the pranayama--they may merely touch the nose
but not do the pranayama. So we have one set of people who do
pranayama without mantras as most hatha yogis do and another group
especially in India who chant the mantra faithfully but do not do the
prnayama at all and thus both lose out. It even led the much revered
previous Sankaracharya of Kanchi to remark that if only Indians would
hold the breath (kumbhaka) rather than just touch/hold the nose they
would all become great yogis and spiritual persons.

My Guru also said that when doing any mantra in japa, in pranayama or
meditation, one should think of the meaning or import of the mantra.
That makes it lot more powerful and meaningful. What does this mantra
signify, many times we get initiated into a mantra routine without
knowing what it means. All yogis know that Patanjali insists on
contemplating on the meaning of pranava when doing pranava japa to get
the grace of Iswara.

“Om Bhuh, om bhuvah, om suvah, om mahah, om janah, om tapah, om
satyam; then the gayatri and then the siras which runs like this, ”om
apah jyoti rasah amrtam brahma bhurbhuvassuvarom” is the pranayama
mantra. This mantra appears in Mahanarayana Upanishad, the last
chapter of Yajur veda. This upanishad also contains several beautiful
mantras used on a daily basis like the offering to the five pranas
(before taking food), meditating within the heart etc. I got the whole
chapter (about 45 minutes of continuous chanting) recorded some 25
years back by “Sangeetha” and I believe it is available in some stores
in Chennai, India. You may learn the pranayama mantra—visit my website
www.vinyasakrama.com/chants and click on the “Learn Pranayama Mantra
chant” tab.

So what is the meaning of this wonderful pranayama mantra? Again there
are different interpretations. The conventional meaning for the seven
vyahritis is seven different worlds starting with the world we live in
to six other higher worlds. But the word loka is interpreted in a more
esoteric sense by a few scholars. They say that the words loka and
look are derived from the same root . And the seven lokas are the
seven perceptions of the ultimate reality which is Brahman the pure
non changing consciousness.

So this approach which gels with the advaita philosophy would be as
follows: According to the Upanishads, Brahman in its pristine state is
alone and there was no time or space (aksha and avakasha) in
contention. The Brahman once thought that it should become many
(bahusyam praja yeyeti). Then in the next stage It deeply contemplated
as to how it should create the universe and make many microcosmic
individual consciousness. This state was known as the stage of tapas
of the Brahman (sa tapo tapyata). Then after deep contemplation and
planning It created the entire Universe (idam sarvam asrujata). After
this creation the Brahman entered and permeated the entire Universe
(tat eva anupravisat) and every being as the individual Self.

The seven vyahrutis are considered as representing the seven states of
the same consciousness four at the microcosmic level and three at the
cosmic level. So when doing pranayama during breath holding
internally, one would say 'om bhuh', contemplate on the consciousness,
represented by pranava or 'om during the waking state. Then as the
second vyahriti 'om bhuvah ' is recited, one would think of the same
consciousness being aware of the individual dream state.

'om suvah” would refer to the same consciousness witnessing the deep
sleep stage. Om mahah, the fourth vyahriti is the consciousness beyond
the three earlier mentioned known amongst the vedantins as the fourth
state of the mind (turiya) or the yogi's kaivalya state. The same
consciousness now is identified with the Brahmana that created the
Universe (Om Janah). Then the next mantra, the sixth “Om tapah” would
represent the Brahman as one deeply contemplating and finally the
pristine state of consciousness “Om satyam” the one and only Brahaman.
With this the abhyasi is able to identify and meditate upon the same
one Brahaman as seen in different states. The theory that there is
only one consciousness that exists both at the cosmic and at the
microcosmic level is the bedrock of the advaita (No two
conciousnesses) viewpoint. So an advaitin while doing pranayama is
able to reinforce the advaitic conviction.

Then the second part of the pranayama mantra is the gayatri mantra. It
again refers to the ultimate reality as the inner light. Just as the
sun with its lustrous orb lights the entire world, the Brahman/Self
lights the entire chitta or the internal world of the meditator, so
that the chitta vrittis are experienced or 'seen' in the mind's eye .

The last portion known as the siras or the head, is an encomium to the
ultimate Brahman. It refers to It as OM., pure consciousness, the
universal light, the essence of the entire Universe, immortal
(unchanging), the source of the universe, and is known to the
individual as the inner Self during the three states of waking, dream
and deep sleep.

This meaning of the pranayama mantra is vividly brought to the mind as
the pranayama mantra is recited silently during antah kumbhaka. Then
it is known as samantraka or sagarbha pranayama. According to Manu
this samantra pranayama is the greatest Tapas/meditation.

It is said that those who are well versed in the chakras are able to
identify the seven vyahritis with the seven chakras in the body using
the respective bijakshara or seed mantras. Some make an effort   to
visualize the cosmic Brahman  in the seven chakras in the microcosm
itself.

There are other types of mantras used. For instance saivaites tend to
chant the siva mantras as they hold the breath as mentioned in the
Tamil Saiva classic “Tirumandiram”. The mantra “sivasiva” of four
syllables is chanted 16 times during one breath hold corresponding to
64 syllables as in the pranayama mantra referred to earlier.

Here is a pranayama for renunciates:

While doing puraka or inhalation the thought would be that the entire
universe is ultimately drawn into the Brahman. Then while in
antahkumbhaka the contemplation would be that the outside Universe and
I are no different from the Brahman. Then while exhaling the ego “I'
with the entire Universe is discarded as nothing but an illusion, not
real, not significant. And in bahya kumbhaka one would contemplate
that pure Brahman alone is real, It alone exists.

Those who believe in the reality of world and the trinity (Brahma,
Vishnu and Siva), would use pranayama to reinforce their faith.

Inhaling through the left nostril one should think of the four faced
Brahma the creator aspect of the trinity and of blood red hue (rajas
guna) while chanting Om 16 times. Then closing both the nostrils  and
holding the breath in  kumbhaka one should think of the white colored
(satva guna) Hari, the protector/sustainer chanting pranava 64 times.
Then while exhaling through the right nostril one should meditate on
Siva of dark color (tamo guna) chanting pranava 32 times. Then one
should start inhaling through the right nostril for 16 matras chanting
pranava 16 times and continue the pranayama for a predetermined number
of times with both mantra and bhava.

Different smritis and very old yoga texts refer to a variety of
pranayamas with and without mantras. Almost all the puranas have a
section on yoga which describe different asanas and pranayamas. (I
think with all this evidence one may say with some conviction that
Yoga is more than 100 years old). For more information on pranayama
you may consider referring to my book “Yoga for the Three Stages of
Life” pages 189 to 211.

Sri Krsishnamacharya's Yoga teachings were unique and very rich. In
Vinyasakrama asana practice, breath synchronization with slow
movements is an essential element. One would start the movement with
the beginning of inhalation or exhalation and complete the movement
with the completion of that breathing phase. The time taken in actual
practice may be between 5 to 10 or 12 seconds depending on one's
capacity and control. If it goes below 5 seconds one would stop the
practice and rest to regain the vinyasa krama acceptable breath. My
Guru, Sri T Krishnamacharya would say 'breathe with hissing sound' (a
la cobra, refer to ananta samapatti in YS) or 'with a mild rubbing
sensation in the throat'.

In this way, with long deep inhalation and exhalation, the intercostal
muscles are stretched and toned up and by the time pranayama is
started the accessory muscles of breathing are well exercised so that
one has a well oiled breathing apparatus for a very productive
pranayama practice. And while doing pranayam introduction of mantras
and bhavas helps to bring the mind to a focus which will be of
considerable help when one starts the meditation process. Thus Sri
Krishnamacharya following the tradition of yoga described in old yoga
texts like the yoga sutras, the puranas, smritis and other ancient
texts helped to understand and achieve the best of an outstanding
ancient system called Yoga.

You may access the earlier Newsletter by visiting my website
www,vinyasakrama.com and clicking on the Newsletter tab. Any comments
or suggestions please e mail to
info@vinyasakrama.com

Best wishes

Sincerely
Srivatsa Ramaswami

Ramaswami practicing pranayama

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Tapas - Austerity and Moderation (mitabhashana and mitahara)



"There was also a significant static asana practice component of several minutes ( 5 to 10 mts) in asanas as sirsasana, sarvangasana, paschimatanasana, mahamudra and also stay in one legged tapasvin poses like vrikshasana or Bhagiratasana".  Ramaswami on this years Vinyasa Krama TT

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"Tapas is a term well known to Yogis. It is an element of the niyamas of Ashtanga Yoga and part of kriya yoga of Patanjali.. Tapas is austerity, penance. Lord Krishna in the Gita considers Tapas in the three human activities (trikarana) viz., of speech (vak), thought (manas) and body (kaya). Worshiping the gods, scholars, teachers and wise ones, cleanliness, straightforwardness, controlling senses,non-harming are said to be tapas of the body. Avoiding hurtful words, speaking truthfully, words that promote amity and goodwill are said to be tapas of speech. Peace of mind, compassion, silence, self/mind control, pure thoughts—these are considered tapas of the mind. These tapas of body, mind and speech observed scrupulously by selfless yogis is considered satvic tapas.

With a view to get attention and appreciation from others, tapas done pompously and inconsistently(in fits and starts) is said to be rajasic tapas. And doing tapas with superstition and torturing oneself or for the harm and destruction of others is considered tamasic." Guna ~ Srivatsa Ramaswami September 2015 Newsletter


TREE POSES AND STORY OF BHAGIRATA

"The Sanskrit root ‘tap’ means to heat up (tapa daahe) and there are a 
couple of words derived from the root that are found even in the 
Vedas. They are ‘taapa’ and ‘tapas’ both of which are used by 
Patanjali in the Yoga sutras. The word taapa means to be under intense 
heat or pressure and hence uncomfortable, like the ‘cat on a hot tin 
roof’ or walking barefoot in the sands of Sahara around midday in 
midsummer. The word taapa as used by Patanjali and the Vedas indicates 
the taapa mood as one in which the mind feels intense pain, like the 
inability to get what one wants and the inability to get rid of what 
one does not want. So taapa is a negative feeling, of being tormented. 
Whereas the word tapas, which also means intense heat, indicates self 
purification or a self discipline imposed by the person (yogi or 
tapasvi) to be able to attain something out of the ordinary. Tapas 
will indicate channelizing one’s energies without distractions and 
wastage toward the main goal. The Vedas refer to intense study of the 
Vedas (srutam), charity all through one’s life (danam), remaining 
peaceful and maintaining equanimity all through life (saantam), 
leading a austere religious life (yagnyam), meditating on Brahman the 
ultimate reality (brahma Upasya) as tapas. So while taapa refers to an 
unbearable negative heat, tapas refer to heat generated by positive 
uplifting effort. Tapas has a cleansing effect, like using heat to 
remove dross from precious metal like gold. 

"...we have a number of instances quoted in the Puranas, where someone 
would do penance standing on one leg until one gets the vision of God 
or Goddess. I have written about the story of the kid, Dhruva who did 
Tapas standing on one leg to please Lord Vishnu/Narayana. The one 
legged postures are said to create a great sense of balance—physical 
and mental—and also create tolerance, patience and perseverance and 
goal orientation and fine tunes the sense of balance. One legged poses 
group are sometimes known by the general term, vrikshasana or tree 
pose sequence. It looks like one standing like a tree standing on 
(one) trunk. The one legged poses are known as Tapasvin postures or 
poses of penance /austerity".
December 2009 Newsletter from Srivatsa Ramaswami


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Here's Ramaswami on the mitabhashana and mitahara tapas tradition, tapas moderation in speech and food intake. It's worth noting that in several places, Krishnamacharya stressed the importance of moderation in food intake. 

"Patanjali refers to 'tapas' both in Kriya Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga in his Yoga Sutras. Many old school commentators refer to tapas as moderation in speech and food intake (mitabhashana and mitahara). Both according to my Guru refer to the tongue. The tongue has two functions and two weaknesses (jihva chapalya). First it contains taste buds and it could lead to eating for the pleasure the taste buds give. If it is not under control, one starts eating for pleasure. Whereas a yogi eats to overcome the pain of hunger maybe eating once a day, a bhogi eats several times severally tasting foods for the pleasure it gives. A yogabhyasi is advised to eat moderately overcoming the temptation of the tongue. This is tapas with respect to eating. The other function of the tongue is to talk --it is an important part of one's sound system. Talking indiscriminately can also be due to weakness of the tongue. Talking indiscriminately disturbs the mind and leads to other undesirable consequences. So Patanjali's yogabhyasi would speak moderately and appropriately, and this is also tapas
Tapas is moderation in food intake and talking--or control of the tongue".


Krishnamacharya lists ten yamas not five, here's number nine.

"9. To use half the stomach for food and to keep the other half in equal parts
for water and for air flow (vayu sancharam) is mitahara". Yoga Makaranda p30

"3.3 Dietary Restrictions for the Yogabhyasi
Food must be eaten in measured quantities. It must be very pure. The food should not be overly hot, it should not have cooled down too much (very cold food should be avoided). Savouring the taste, fill the stomach with such food until it is half full. After this, leave a quarter of the stomach for water and leave the rest empty to allow for movement of air. For example, one who normally has the capacity to eat 1/4 measure of food, should eat 1/8 measure of food and leave the rest of the stomach as mentioned above.
For whom there is neither excess nor less of sleep, food and activity
For him alone it is possible
to attain the state of yoga
The reader should keep these great words from the Gita Saram in their mind." Yoga Makaranda p42

"We must eat vegetarian food, speak the truth and one day a week practice silence (not speak" Yogasanagalu.
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Nice post here from Jean Marie in the "I quit Ashtanga" genre (but not what you might expect going by the title).



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APPENDIX

from an earlier post on Tapas and the Vinyasa Krama one legged sequence

Loved how Ramaswami introduced this series on the course. He said that these poses were tapas postures. Tapas postures are those you use to gain the attention of the gods. In the Mahabharata, Amba says she stood on one toe in the snows of the Himalayas for eleven years....can't complain about three to six breaths then then.

This is an evil series and balance poses have always been one of my weakest areas and yet it's grown on me, these poses have grown on me. I'm less excited by the fancy arm balances these days, give me the classical natajarasana or a half decent, steady uttita hasta padangushtasana.

Oh, I was just reading the Darby's interview in the Guruji book and they said Uttita hasta padangushtasana used to be introduced with intermediate poses, back in the day. That interview is worth the price of the book alone, Joanne Darby! Think that was the interview unless I've mixed them up, twenty- thirty interviews, twenty-thirty Ashtanga's, all different and all the same and all the better for it.

So one leg sequence


Highlights for me, engaging bandhas deeply in Bhairatasana, the squats in Vrikasana (also the low point, agony) Supposed to be able to come back up with control as well, you can see me try for a moment before bailing and putting my hands down.

I like the squat in Uttita hasta Padangushtasana, when I practice at home after coming up I let go and hold my leg out alla ashtanga (utthita hasta padasana), don't do it here because I'm trying to stick to the book and it's not in VK.

Virabharasana...... not good at it, Ramaswami made us go lower on the course, I try at home but played safe for the shot here. I like it when you come all the way up and get it just right, everything in a line, feels good.

Natajarasana is only hinted at in the video below as I hadn't done any backbend prep. I've done it better in the link above but can still only hold it for a breath or two, love the thought of one day being able to hold it for ten long, slow, steady breaths.

Durvasana, love the idea of it. I'm used to getting into it from seated, can't get my leg far enough over from standing without hopping all over the mat, played safe again here just to hint at it.

So, as evil as the triangle sequencee ( it too has lots of one leg squats ) but with more charm about it, no wonder the gods would pay attention. Didn't Siddhartha stand on his leg all night outside his fathers room so he would be allowed to leave the palace in Hesse's book.

One more thing, this is presented as a sequence and you can practice it like that, all in one go or you can divide it into subroutines as above and practice just one or more as part of your regular practice, perhaps rotating the subroutines over a week or so.


Also Tapas as a support for yama and niyamas
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2015/09/tapas-supports-yamas-and-niyamas-yamas.html

Friday, 18 September 2015

Book Review: The Power of Yoga - Yamini Muthanna Dancer and Student of BNS Iyengar for over 20 years.


Link to Amazon
I was recently sent this book, The Power of Yoga by Yamini Muthanna, one of BNS Iyengar's students  ( the 'other' Iyengar, also a student of Krishnamacharya for a time as well as of Pattabhi Jois, still teaching in Mysore http://bnsiyengar.net/)  it's beautifully produced, a lot going on inside, it was recommended to me by a reader of my blog, we'll take a closer look below.

But first, Yamini is also a Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher , here she is in a performance that the Youtube intro says includes some Ashtanga asana.



A LOOK INSIDE a book then, first the contents page


 Yamini Muthanna studied with BNS Iyengar for over twenty years, he kindly writes the forward.


Here's the introduction to how to use the book.


 There is page reflecting on the koshas


The challenge for me with the book is that the sequences appear to be tied closely to the idea of chakras, asana are chosen that are thought to overcome the malfunction of one or more particular chakras causing the problematic condition. For Yamini, chakra are inseparable from the study of Ayurveda and thus her approach to these sequences.

"For the sequencing patterns I have used the approach of Ayurveda to understand the chemical required for therapy to a particular problem. Accordingly practiced and researched on the asanas which targets the organ which produces the chemical and set up the sequence".

If you're unconvinced by the chakra model or the evidence suggesting one asana will affect a chakra then you may take issue with the central premise of the book. Yamini does also relate chakra to western medicine and the glandular systems.

EG. "Manipura is believed to correspond to the cells of the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands".

See too my recent post where I looked at Krishnamacharya's discussion of the different chakra.


A Mudras and bandhas section, here's the first page.


A Pranayama section


Yamini presents a basic 'routine at the beginning of the book made of a pre and finishing sequence, the picture below is part of the pre sequence. In a sense this is similar to having the Sury's and something not unlike the standing sequence along with the finishing sequence from Ashtanga. The individual sequences for particular conditions and states that Yamini presents throughout the main section of the book will then slot in between with some modifications to the standing and finishing sequence indicated by a chart at the frount of each sequence. Sounds complicated but it's actually quite strait forward and well laid out, I'll go through an example sequence later.


A large section at the back of the book goes through each asana, below we see Yamini's treatment of Sirsasana



A very interesting section on precautions and common injuries.



EXAMPLE SEQUENCE FOR HELPING COPE WITH DEPRESSION

Lets take a closer look at an example, the sequence for depression I practiced earlier....

Yamini relates depression to malfunctioning of Manipura chakra ( note how she writes "Manipura is believed to correspond to the cells of the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands". )


Each sequence has a warm up ( Yamini is a dancer remember) and different pranayama suggestions, here are the pranayama guidelines for this sequence







 And a closer look at one of the asana from the sequence, Ushtrasana



It's a beautifully produced book, basing the sequences on the Chakra model may be a sticking point for some, it will either excite you or turn you off somewhat. I found it interesting, I'm still not sold on the chakra model but those old yogi's were great experimenters. Noticing what was going on in different areas of their bodies during pranayama and meditation as well as long stays in different asana the yogis would have been exploring sensations that arose. But even if chakras are not your thing then you may be reassured by the 100 pages on individual asana with tips and guidelines as well as the section on pranayama ( remember Yamini studied with BNS Iyengar for twenty years) There are also the nice sections on mudras bandhas and the precautions and common injuries section at the back.

Try out some of the sequences and chakras or not you might find them enjoyable and interesting to practice as well as giving thoughts to how you might approach presenting asana to your own students.

EDITORIAL DESCRIPTION

Description About the Book "The Power of Yoga explores the profound nature of yoga by demystifying ancient Sanskrit texts on the subject and a plethora of philosophies governing its practice, and making them relevant to present times. While Patanjali's Yoga Sutras provide us the roadmap to understand the way of this science, the 21 Yoga Sequences for modern lifestyle-related disorders elaborated upon in this book make it a valuable aid for the modern-day practitioner, more so since it is presented in simple language without diluting the authenticity of the techniques. Structured primarily as a Sequence Manual, this book offers customised yoga routines to help people cope better with their day-to-day demanding schedules. The sequences are also categorised and visually depicted for a better understanding. Ultimately, The Power of Yoga seeks to enlighten the readers on the deeper significance of yoga by encouraging them to further explore it as a timetested and an established science. About the Author Having studied Ashtanga Yoga with Mysore-based B.N.S. Iyengar for over 22 years, Yamini Muthanna runs Yogasthala, a yoga school in Bengaluru where people from all walks of life and across the globe - architects, entrepreneurs, artists, techies, CEOs, housewives, students and doctors among others - learn Ashtanga Yoga. Yamini has conducted workshops at yoga studios in London, New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles. A purist, she uses yoga techniques handed down by the ancient masters. She has been successful in interpreting theYoga Sutras to make them accessible to the common people. She has, for instance, mapped out specific yoga sequences to tackle several modern-day stress related situations - preparing for an important meeting, speech or presentation at work, overcoming addictions, conquering social anxiety, anger, insomnia and much more.

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ISBN-10: 9383202017
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Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11 inches
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Here's another Bharatanatyam performance by Yamini - Theme Based on Vedas - about Mind "Manas". There is a review of "Manas" here http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev14/rev1626.html



Thursday, 17 September 2015

Updated draft: Handstands, backbends and Saganaki in Rethymno - Pattabhi Jois led handstands and Derek Irelands handstand after every 2nd series asana.

Stumbled upon this old post (languishing as a draft since Friday, 4 July 2014) from just over a year ago, back when I was in my beloved Rethymno, Crete at Kristina's shala. The post looks at handstands and how Kristina carries on  the tradition of her late husband Derek Ireland's employment of handstands towards the end of practice. As it happens a couple of days after writing this I decided to pretty much pass on the handstands, love Derek but can't really see the point of introducing one handstand into the practice let alone one after every asana ( and yet here they are in Pattabhi Jois' Led Advanced series - video clip later in the post). 


And Pattabhi Jois himself in the picture at Jois Yoga Encinitas ( does anyone have a picture of this without the dancers?)

Jessica Walden always makes me question my position on headstands, such focussed and controlled breath https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOSRsBegcTk - added the video to the end of this post.

So here I am at Kyria Maria's a lovely little taverna next door to Kristina's shala, I'm surfing their wifi over saganaki.


Almost through my first ever full week of shala practice, Led tomorrow (Saturday) then a rest day....

Loving shala practice, perhaps I'm just loving THIS shala practice, perhaps all shala's are essentially the same, I can't say.

Love the work going on here, there are practitioners passing through their practice composed and elegant, others grinding it out and still others composed through part but putting the work in on other troublesome postures and frankly grunting and groaning through their new postures (which before long they'll be practicing with a lightness of touch and breath leaving them to groan through others ), Felt like my whole seven years of practice is here in this room. 

Which am I?

I would have said (hopefully ) relatively composed ( my practice has never been elegant), up until this morning anyway but now we're on to a whole new ball game.

I thought I'd stick with a straight primary for my first week, settle in, let Kristina and Niko (Kristina's tireless assistant)  have a look at my Primary, get used to the shala. Next week I'll come in a little early and practice up to kapo and then in the following weeks see about dusting off my full 2nd. Karandavasana in frount of Kristina's alter again, this time I shall be fearless (first time at Kristina shala I was terrified of flupping over in karandavasana and landing on her alter), hmmmmm.

So, relatively composed up until this morning, last night though Kristina and I were looking at old Pattabhi Jois videos on Youtube, talking about the handstand work she practices here that leads into backbends.

Miss those late night discussions with Kristina on the steps of the shala, Irini, Kristina's lovely daughter running around saying ,"What's this, what's that".

This morning I tried to surreptitiously move to the wall for the handstand work, Kristina has us do 30 breathes with the feet at right angles on the wall to build strength in the back before going up, thought I could just hop up to handstand with the wall as a safety blanket, do my 30 and move on to drop backs at the wall, nope. Kristina misses nothing NOTHING.

So Kristina has me do my 30 breaths then gets me to bring my mat back to the centre of the room for handstands and then this taking the legs over a little way before flipping back down into down dog and finally straight over. I've explored it before on my own a couple of years back,  dropping over from handstands to cushions, gradually taking them away one at a time (Towards Tick Tocks : Handstand to Backbend) but it's a different game altogether  in the centre of the shala. 

And, then Kristina wants me to drop over from handstand into urdhva danhurasana and immediately come up to standing, I seem to stubbornly refuse to ground my heels and tend to keep my head tucked in, mental block although the last couple were better. Get the feeling I'll be exploring tic tocking/tacking over the next couple of months and seeing as we were looking at Guruji's old heel grabbing approach perhaps that too (Grabbing heels, ankles, legs...why? For heaven's sake, why?).

Shala practice, she's in charge, my teacher, it helps that I love, trust and respect her, I am in her hands. 

Besides, all asana are the same, may as well be working on breathing in handstand as in kapo or paschimottanasana, much of a muchness.

Below, Kristina's late husband Derek Ireland giving a demo with Radha in Helsinki in 1989 insanely going up into handstand after every asana, a glorious madness. This is before Ashtangi's started visiting handstand coaches.




Derek practicing on the beach at Triopetra, miss that beach too see the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd7wTtyoyYs

Here's Pattabhi Jois taking the team through backbends, check out Tim Miller, majestic at dead on 3:00, lifting back up to handstand from urdhva danhurasna, do we really want to take handstands out of the practice, perhaps the flourishes but this is serious business, composed controlled, focused.... bandhas breath, drishti, tristana innit.

The bit I'm playing with in the shala now comes five minutes in





Seems I'm not the only one here for an extended stay during the summer, Ashtanga practitioners from Stockholm, Serbia, Italy, Switzerland all here from two week to two months or even longer. Why wouldn't you want to come and practice here.

Kristina Karitinou
YOGA PRACTICE
Ashtanga Yoga Greece
(affiliated with Yoga Practice London)


And a  nice gentle reminder from Kristina 


Dear practitioners, please note that even though our workshops are offered in the beautiful island of Crete, our centre of attention was, is and will always be Yoga studies.

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Update (17th Sept 2015): And yet saying that, it's still our practice and and however much we love and respect our teachers it's up to ourselves whether introducing handstands makes sense to us or which assists we choose to accept. Personally I'd rather work on the asana myself than accept an assist, small, passing, alignment adjustments are fine and I welcome them but assists..... what's the hurry, they will come when they come..... or not. 

Kristina's argument is that an assist can give us a sense of the full expression of the postures and that that can be beneficial, perhaps a sense of what we are working towards. Years of home practice gives a different perspective perhaps.

Nice Kristina story: I'd been having trouble with my back since I arrived in Crete ( from packing up 900 odd books a few weeks before re move to Japan), One morning my back was so bad that I decided to go back home after a couple of miserable sun salutations and do a gentle Vinyasa Krama practice. When I got to the door, Kristina asked me where I was going, I explained and she told me to go back to my spot in the center of the room and do my krama practice, that it was all yoga chikitsa... therapy. Nice knocking out Vinyasa Krama in a room full of Ashtangi's. 

As well as my Ashtanga teacher Kristina was and is a mentor, I've missed her as much as Crete this year.

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Early Tic Tock at Home posts from 2009

Towards Tick Tocks : Handstand to Backbend

More tick tock work, sans wall

and one from 2011

Exploring Tic Tac ( or should that be tick tock's ) with David Garrigues Day 1

Two week Tictac challenge at home speeded up x3

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Here's a modern take on handstands in the practice that makes me question my own position ( that they are perhaps an excessive and an unnecessary distraction, too much ego to be found and reenforced, aren't we supposed to be doing the opposite. ). Jessica is displaying quite stunning focus and control of the breath here, I wish she would do one of these with a mic attached to her shirt, would love to hear her breath - I seem to have move interest in what this sounds like than looks like. 

Perhaps it's the same with Yoga selfies ( nice post on this from Meghan Powell called In Defence of Selfies HERE), no doubt we generally know ( however much we try to convince ourselves otherwise) if and when there's a point to it, when it's artistic (body and location coming into presence), craft (whether the photographers or the practitioners), inspiration, continuing a tradition, a bit of fun, documenting, tapas.... or just plain ego and perhaps worse, gratuitous self promotion, selling out our practice to sell out workshops. No doubt I ned to hold up my hand to most or all of these myself.

Here's Jessica with a convincing argument for 



And here's Simon Borg-Olivier on lifting to handstand from his Yoga Fundamentals course that I'm currently following.


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Update (17 Sept 2015): This last week I find I've slipped back into 2nd series ( a lot of tapas in 2nd) and enjoying myself a few extra Vinyasa Krama Bow postures as prep for the 2nd series backbends and a bit of the asymmetric sequence leading up to leg behind head - I cut out a couple of asana from the end of 2nd along with the seven headstands to make space. It's a bit of a mess, heels lifted here, binding at fingertips just (or toes) there, In karandavasana my lotus goes down nicely enough but no longer seems to want to fly and leg behind head postures barely count.... it'll all come back soon enough.... or not. 

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A Reminder

from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi This blog included.

"So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta
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